If you are planning to have liposuction, then you should know that while liposuction is something that will remove fat from your body, the fat removal is not permanent – if you continue to eat the way you did when you were gaining weight or at your stable pre-surgery weight, warned Dr. Joseph Racanelli, then you will end up regaining weight as your body makes fresh deposits. Even post liposuction, if you follow a sensible diet, you will still find that your scale weight looks heavy, because you will retain water while you heal – but the water weight will go away fairly quickly. It’s only fat that you really need to worry about, and following a sensible diet will help with that.
To avoid gaining weight following liposuction, try to eat a diet that is rich in green, leafy vegetables, proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. Reduce your sodium intake to prevent water retention, and avoid simple sugars and excessive consumption of fat. Drink lots of water, because this will help to prevent water retention – as counter-intuitive as that sounds.
Do not look at your weight for two months after the surgery, because that is the time when you are most likely to have noticeable water-related weight gain. Eat a healthy diet and fill up on fiber, so that you don’t feel tempted to snack.
Remember that by itself liposuction won’t help you to control your weight. It does help with ‘spot reduction’ and getting the body shape that you want, but unless you change your lifestyle and your eating habits you will not see much progress – your weight will creep back up. The fat cells that were removed will never regrow, but other cells can expand, and there are plenty of visceral fat cells around the internal organs; fat there is dangerous, too.
There is no one ‘best’ post liposuction diet. Some people prefer diets that are focused on intermittent fasting – don’t eat breakfast, because that will start your ‘hunger’ clock. Just wait until later in the day and eat a large meal. Other people prefer to snack throughout the day, but make each snack a small, healthy and nutritious thing – vegetables, lean meats, very small servings of nuts, anything that will keep you feeling satiated until your next scheduled snack time.
Counting calories is really the only way to ensure that you don’t gain weight. Intuitive eating is something that some people get away with, but if you have already become overweight or obese it will take a long time to re-program your appetite to help stop that from happening again. Finding a way to monitor your intake, and to stop yourself from feeling hungry on a limited calorie allowance is essential, and it will help you to stay fit and healthy in the long term. Liposuction is the start of the journey to a new, fitter, healthier you – and a you with the body you have always wanted, but that is a journey that will never end.